Slope Point, New Zealand, Is One of the World’s Weirdest Wonders

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I was fortunate enough to visit New Zealand a couple of years ago. I loved it – it is one of only two countries I’ve visited where I could see myself living, if I ever decide to pull the expat trigger – and the South Island is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever laid eyes on in my (not-so-short) life.

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Always thankful to see another sunrise ?? #dunnerstunner #dunedinnz #southislandnz #newzealand

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Unfortunately, I didn’t make it south of Dunedin (I had seen penguins in the wild, so that pretty much seemed like the pinnacle!). The early spring weather was gray and rainy, and, out in the open pastures, windy and sharply cold.  I learned from a tour guide that the closest thing to the south of New Zealand is Antarctica. The closest thing to both the east and the west is South America.

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Penguins crossing in Oamaru. #Oamaru #penguinsnewzealand

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Which is to say, Slope Point – on the very southernmost tip of the South Island – is as far south as one can go without hitting Antarctica. It’s cold even in shelter, and the wind is freezing and unbelievably strong. It is also, by all accounts, utterly beautiful.

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Southernmost Point of the South Island ? – #lavieenkiwi #lvek #kiwilife #kiwitrotters #nz #nzpics #newzealand #thisisnz #purenewzealand #newzealandvacations #instatravel #igtravel #southisland #slopepoint #travel #travelphotography #rainbow #roadtrip #ontheroad #lifeisnow #lovenz #adventure #freedom #discover

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It is home to bizarre outcropping of trees, permanently bent and twisted from enduring the beating winds year after year. Farmers planted them in order to provide some kind of shelter for their sheep as they grass atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the sea.

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Thinking of those wind blown trees- and where sheep are more abundant than people. #imissyounewzealand #slopepoint #edgeoftheworld #southislandNZ #thecatlins

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They’re creepy and beautiful, and make quite a statement about what it takes to stand against the most relentless forces in the world without breaking.

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Wind blown trees, Slope Point, New Zealand. I was lucky enough to visit the South Island of NZ in 2011. This is when I first felt more of a connection with photography than I had done in a long time. The scenery was amazing and then you would come across views like this that literally would blow you away. The wind blows so hard off the coast here that the trees are dead on one side and alive on the other. Incredible. Nature always finds a way. . . . . . #nzpotd #landscape #landscape_lovers #canon_7d_mark_ii #SlopePoint #NZ #NewZealand #nature #countryside #SouthIsland #travel #travelling #backpacking #thursdaythrowback #holiday #outside #noperson

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If you get the chance, check them out (I’m truly sorry I didn’t!) – you’ll know you’re there when you see a bright yellow sign that gives the distance between where you are, the South Pole, and the Equator.

Happy travels!